Alternative Currencies: Tactics for Staying Relevant and Radical

Saturday, October 3 // 12-4pm: Reception Following

The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia
FREE and Open to the Public

This forum gathers independent contemporary art groups and spaces from around the country in a collective exploration of what it means to be (and stay) "alternative." Using the vibrant artist-run spaces that flourished in Mexico City during the 1990s as a backdrop, a diverse group of artists and organizations will present their own tactics for staying relevant and radical in 2015.

[Please click on the listings below to find out more - or scroll down for full bios.]

Schedule of Events:
Galeria Perdida (Mexico / Brooklyn)

12:30- 12:50PM
KCHUNG Radio (Los Angeles) /// Luke Fischbeck

Data Garden (Philadelphia) /// Jon Shapiro

The Luminary (St. Louis) /// James McAnally

Possible Projects/Press (Atlanta) /// Rachel and Trevor Reese

INCA (Detroit / Seattle) /// Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

The Suburban (Milkwaukee) /// Alexander Herzog

3:30- 4:00PM
Threewalls (Chicago) /// Abigail Satinsky
Threewalls (Chicago) /// Danny Orendorff

Public Reception

* Following the event at The Galleries at Moore College of Art, the exhibition The Suburban Milwaukee: 16 Years will be opening at Mount Airy Contemporary from 6-9PM.

  Location information:
Saturday, October 3 // 12-4pm: Reception Following

The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia
FREE and Open to the Public
  Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas,  INCA [Institute for New Connotative Action]

INCA is a non-profit artist-run space directed and curated by artist duo Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas.  The space was located in Detroit [2011-2014] and Seattle [2013-present.]  In 2015 Bergman and Salinas founded INCA Press. As artists, Bergman and Salinas have shown work internationally at institutions such as 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; Turku Biennial, Finland; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Lincoln Center, New York City; e-flux Berlin; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Edinburgh Film Festival; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Centre George Pompidou; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, among many others.  Bergman was professor at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art from 2007-2013, both were visiting professors at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah from 2008-2011, and they are both currently full time faculty at the University of Washington Bothell.

Abigail Satinsky, Interim Executive & Artistic Director, Threewalls
Danny Orendorff, Programs Director, Threewalls

Threewalls was founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community in Chicago. Over 12 years, Threewalls has worked to form a sustainable organization that provides exhibition space, residency opportunities and artist fees to both local and visiting artists and writers  through the residency fellowships and exhibitions. Today, we support SOLO exhibitions of work by local and regional artists; program symposiums to generate open dialogue, create publications on artist-run culture nationwide; give grants to community-based and public art around the city; became W.A.G.E. certified in 2015; as well as partnering with other organizations on exhibitions, publications and education programs as a way to broaden and contribute to the contemporary visual arts. 


Rachel & Trevor Reese, Possible Press, Atlanta, GA

Possible Press is a curated periodical of artists' writings. Begun in 2010, Possible Press has worked with over 110 international artists and artist groups with practices of serious contemporary international scope and dialogue. Possible Press’ mission provides visual artists a voice through written form, and, in turn, allows readers to glean information not normally evident from solely looking at artists’ work. In 2015 they began producing Possible Press | Editions, focused print projects with form and content dictated through selective collaboration. For Alternative Currencies, Possible Press presents a new edition with artists Natalie Beall & Catherine Czacki, as well as a curated reading room in Vox Populi Gallery.


Jon Shapiro, Datagarden

  Data Garden was founded in 2011 by Joe Patitucci and Alex Tyson as a record label and arts journal with a mission of encouraging the discovery of electronic music through history, science and community. It's focus has opened to include online curation of digital media and eventually production of public art, curation and production of events and outdoor festivals. Most recently they have developed the MIDI Sprout, a boutique electronic device that converts plant biorhythms into music.  

James McAnally, Co-Director of The Luminary and Executive Editor of Temporary Art Review

The Luminary is an incubator for new ideas in the arts founded in 2007 as a forum for artistic research, production and presentation, conceived in response to both our immediate and international community, alongside our audiences, and in dialogue with artists. Among other initiatives, such as an international residency program, active exhibition space and more, The Luminary also publishes Temporary Art Review a platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities. Temporary is an international network, highlighting both practical and theoretical discourse through reviews, interviews, essays and profiles on artist-centered spaces and projects.


Luke Fischbeck, KCHUNG

KCHUNG is a volunteer run radio station broadcasting on 1630am in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles, and streaming online at In addition to broadcasting KCHUNG occasionally participates in community projects, art shows and hosts events. 


Galería Perdida

The artist collective Galería Perdida are known for their multidisciplinary practice that brings together an inquiry of traditional crafts and the absurd, typographical design with semantic operatives. Fundamental to their research are encounters with idiosyncratic found texts and humor, design principles, and the moving image; these irrational sources form the basis of a sculptural vocabulary. Galería Perdida was founded in Chilchota, Michoacan in 2005. The collective currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  


Alexander Herzog: On-Site Director of The Suburban Milwaukee Gallery

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam founded The Suburban in 1999 in Oak Park, IL hosting a range of international contemporary art. After 16 years in Chicagoland, The Suburban will begin programming exhibitions in a storefront located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. In 2009 Grabner and Killam opened The Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin. The Poor Farm is dedicated to annual historical and contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, publications, screenings and alternative free pedagogical programs. Together the Poor Farm and The Suburban has featured an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists, authors and musicians.


Alternative Currencies is organized by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery in partnership with The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, and coincides with the exhibition Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, on view at The Galleries September 19 – December 12, 2015. Participating Philadelphia spaces include Vox Populi, Rebekah Templeton, Traction Company and Mount Airy Contemporary.



Major support for Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000 has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.  
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